Choosing the Top Rehab

If drug or alcohol addiction has adversely affected your life to the point that you're seeking a rehab center, it's time to get out a checklist, do your research and ask the right questions to ensure that you get the right therapy to turn your life around.

What's right for someone else might not be what's right for you. Do you want luxury amenities paired with painless detox or do you want a simple setting that gets the job done? Choosing the top rehab comes down to addressing your priorities and narrowing the list to the ones that best meet your standards while also performing well for their clients and ranking highly in professional reviews. You can get valuable advice by reading reviews by former clients.

Inpatient Treatment

If you need services for medically supervised detox, your best bet is a residential treatment center where you will be under 24-hour supervision and have opportunities for both individual and group therapy while also having trained medical staff nearby if medical problems arise during detox.

Study Treatment Centers

When examining treatment centers, make sure the facilities you consider have a highly trained medical practitioner on staff as well as at least one psychologist. At a quality facility, staff members will be trained in addiction treatment, not just medical treatment.

Visit the websites of the treatment facilities you're considering to read about their philosophies, priorities and specific services. Through this and other research, narrow down your list to a handful of top rehab centers, ideally facilities that on paper seem like they would all be comfortable places for you to receive detox treatment.

To finalize your research, visit each location in person or conduct telephone or Skype interviews to get to know some of the facility's leaders and learn more about the atmosphere and specific policies, treatments, activities and amenities.

Consider Costs

Costs will be a factor as well, depending on your medical insurance coverage and the amount of money you may be expected to pay out of pocket. If you are financially advantaged, however, you may have the option of considering more expensive facilities, including those that may have luxury amenities.

Your Future

Choosing an excellent rehab center puts you in a good position to build a solid life without the crutches of alcohol or drugs. Addiction is not something to be ashamed of. It's something to overcome for a better life.



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Visions offers top-of-the-line treatment for 13 to 18 year old addicts, with alumni that includes Elizabeth Brockovich—daughter of Erin Brockovich—who found treatment in Vision's outpatient, day school, sober living and their Launch program.

Rating: 5 stars
Malibu and Los Angeles
$40,000/30 days (45 day minimum)

This SoCal program fosters a regimented but respectful recovery environment, where teens learn how to live sober through plenty of 12-step meetings and life-skills classes—not to mention "equine-assisted psychotherapy" and mixed martial arts.

Rating: 5 stars
Newport Beach, Calif.

At Sober College, young people learn life skills and can take accredited college courses while going through treatment for addiction.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Woodland Hills, CA
$15,000 - $25,000 per month;

This San Diego luxury rehab provides customized treatment by highly qualified staff and, according to one alum, “Sets the gold standard for all other treatment centers.”

Rating: 5 stars
San Diego, CA
$60,000 for 30 days, additional $10,000 for a private room

This 12-step based non-profit Tennessee facility for men offers meetings, groups and camaraderie.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Burns, TN
30-day program: $6500; LTR Program / Extended Care: $5500 (monthly); step-down program (outpatient): $1500

This Austin, Texas rehab provides substance abuse and mental health services as an outpatient programs. It is universally beloved by its clients and alumni for the therapy provided to the individual and the support freely given by a caring staff.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Austin, TX

If you are looking for a loving and nurturing outpatient program which still emphasizes accountability, this may be the place for you. Almost unanimously, clients credit this Lakewood, Colorado program with improving their lives in significant ways.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Lakewood, CO
$30-$50 per group; $50-$75 per one-on-one session.

The Sanctuary Byron Bay combines a completely individualized holistic approach with unrivaled luxury. If you want excellent treatment combined with true privacy and every possible amenity, including your own 24-hour carer, this is the place for you.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Byron Bay, Australia

DARA is as lush and exotic as you might expect. Their program includes airport pick-up, a full medical exam at a nearby private hospital and luxury amenities—all at surprisingly affordable prices.

Rating: 4 stars
Koh Chang, Thailand
$6,995 for 4 weeks.

Highly rated by their teen clients and their families, Paradigm Malibu offers programs for a really wide range of adolescent disorders including: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, substance abuse, behavioral addictions, and eating disorders.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Malibu, CA
$49,000 flat rate